We all spend so much time working that we often ignore our social lives. While chatting online will temporarily fix our need for human companionship, relying on it only serves to turn us into hermits even faster. Before we know it, we’re sitting home alone wondering what happened to our social circle and asking ourselves how to meet people and make friends.
As a Salsa dance instructor, I’ve watched many new friendships blossom over time. Below are three surefire ways to quickly make friends, along with handy tricks that will ensure your friend-making success.
1. Social Dance Lessons Such as Salsa Dancing Classes
When your interaction desires call for something up close and personal, nothing beats learning Salsa dancing. Not only does it involve physical contact, the majority of people who attend Salsa dancing classes are just like you — they want to meet people who like or want to learn how to dance as well. The camaraderie that grows between people learning a new skill together can’t be beat and group dance classes are the perfect way to make friends with others in the class. Once the basics are mastered, it’s common for students to practice together in the Salsa clubs, and many students make friends that form long-lasting relationships this way.
The Trick: Commit to attending classes once a week for a few months. This will give you the time you need to get to know the other students in the class.
2. Meetup Groups
Another great way to meet people and make friends is through Meetup groups. With hundreds of local groups specializing in a wide variety of interests, it’s easy to find a group you will enjoy.
The Trick: Join a newly formed group. While it will be tempting to join one of the established groups with hundreds of members, these groups often have already formed cliques that will be hard to break into. People in a new group will be more open to getting to know everyone who attends. This, of course, will allow you to meet people and make friends more easily.
3. Meet People and Make Friends Anywhere Other Than Your Home
You can meet people anywhere and everywhere you go; you just have to be open to the possibility. Dog parks, reading groups, coffee shops, community events, and even the grocery store all offer the possibility of meeting new people.
The Trick: Look people in the eye and smile. It is amazing how receptive people will be when you present yourself in a way that is happy, fun, and inviting.
By getting out of the house and trying Salsa dancing, a Meetup group, or simply smiling at all you see, you are certain to meet people and make friends in no time.